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M&T Charitable Foundation Grants Mary's Center $100.000 to Support Its New $4 Million Campaign

9/10/2011, 11:50 a.m.

M & T Bank, through its philanthropic arm, the M & T Charitable Foundation, has recently announced a financial support of $100,000 to Mary's Center's new Building Better Futures Together Campaign aimed to raise $4 Million in two years.

"Throughout the years, we've witnessed Mary's Center's work and its positive impact on the health and wellbeing of approximately 24,000 individuals in the nation's capital. By supporting this campaign, we want to contribute to the stability and longevity of the Mary's Center community building model," says Derek Harps, Vice President of M & T.

"We are overwhelmed with the tremendous generosity of M&T and its commitment to the work of Mary's Center for the last two decades," says Julie Martinez Ortega, Chair of Mary's Center Board of Directors.

Mary's Center's Building Better Futures Together Campaign was created to diversify the Center's funding which despite its strong reputation and foothold in the District of Columbia and Maryland, is at risk of losing up to $2.6 Million in grant funding due to the imminent public-sector budget cuts.

"Our plan is to use the campaign funds to increase the number of families we serve, strengthen our current programs, and build up the value of our endowment so that as federal and local dollars are eliminated, our programs will remain strong and improving the lives and opportunities for our most resilient and yet the most vulnerable families during any economic downturn," says Mary's Center President and CEO Maria Gomez.

Contributors to the $4 M comprehensive campaign will be able to leave a lasting legacy through naming opportunities available for the Center's rooms, spaces, equipment, program and services.

The check presentation ceremony will take place at Mary's Center's third and brand new site located at 3912 Georgia Avenue, NW, on Monday, September 12, at 10 am.

Mary's Center founded in 1988, is a federally qualified health center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to 24,000 individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. Mary's Center uses a holistic, multipronged approach to help each participant access individualized services that set them on the path toward good health, stable families, and economic independence. The Center offers high-quality, professional care in a safe and trusting environment to residents from the entire DC metropolitan region, including individuals from over 91 countries. www.maryscenter.org.

M&T Charitable Foundation Grants Mary's Center $100.000 to Support

Its New $4 Million Campaign

Washington, DC--- M & T Bank, through its philanthropic arm, the M & T Charitable Foundation, has recently announced a financial support of $100,000 to Mary's Center's new Building Better Futures Together Campaign aimed to raise $4 Million in two years.

"Throughout the years, we've witnessed Mary's Center's work and its positive impact on the health and wellbeing of approximately 24,000 individuals in the nation's capital. By supporting this campaign, we want to contribute to the stability and longevity of the Mary's Center community building model," says Derek Harps, Vice President of M & T.